Lula Cellars have moved into their new property at 3101 Highway 128 in Philo and will be opening their new wine tasting room soon.
The Lula Cellars vineyards where their Pinot Noir comes from is a hidden jewel in the mountain town of Comptche, located ten miles inland of the village of Mendocino and is at a 700 foot elevation. This vineyard was planted in 1998 and has three different clones of Pinot Noir.
The vineyard has an extended growing season because of the cool late afternoon ocean air comes in and the temperature drops dramatically. This drop in temperature is what allows the grapes to ripen at a slower pace. Mountain vineyards have lower yields per acre than the valley floor vineyards. Grape tonnage never exceeds two tons an acre because the vines don’t have deep rich soils to grow in. They also dry farm the vines after the grapes have gone through verasion. This deficit watering makes the grape skins thicker, which in turn give the finished wine deeper flavor.
Jeff Hanson brings twenty plus years of grape growing and winemaking experience. His handcrafted, limited production of Mendocino Coast Pinot Noir, along with Zinfandel, Dry Gewurztraminer and Dry Rose’ reveal the passion he has for producing world class wines.
Starting with his own world class grapes, they must be fermented in a way that allows all their flavors to be revealed. Next he uses just the right amount of oak barrel aging, which helps to marry the fruit flavors and acids into a harmonious blend.